(WIVB) – This year’s Ride for Roswell will not happen as usual this year due to COVID-19, a Roswell Park representative confirmed on Thursday.
The ride had been scheduled for June 26 and 27, but organizers have determined that the ride can’t happen “as a mass gathering” on those dates.
Instead, organizers have introduced the Summer of the Ride.
It will start with the lighting of the torch on June 27, but this year, there’s no registration fee or fundraising minimum. Anyone who previously paid a registration fee will have that money applied to their fundraising total.
Organizers say there will be ways to celebrate throughout July, and rides will take place in August, concluding with a closing ceremony on August 21.
Here are the new ways to participate:
- Ride with us: Small, physically distant rides will be planned for weekend days in August. On these dates, small groups will leave every 20 minutes from a variety of locations around Western New York. Location details will be announced in June.
- Ride your own way: Participants ride any distance, any time and at any location between August 1 and 21. Riders can cycle around their neighborhoods, ride their favorite trails, stay at home on their trainers or do anything else that represents the Ride for Roswell to them.
“From the beginning, this has been about coming together to save lives from cancer. With the Summer of the Ride, we’ll have a lot of great ways we can do that despite everything that’s happened the past few months,” says Mitch Flynn, the founder of the Ride for Roswell. “At the end of the day, the Ride is about the people we ride for. Cancer doesn’t stop, and neither can we. We still need to fund new research and clinical trials. We still need to keep finding better treatments until we discover a cure. We still need to save lives. I can’t wait to see what we do together with these new Ride options this year as we fight to make those things happen.”
To participate, riders can register online at RideForRoswell.org.